National Opera Association

Vocal Competition Deadline

Reminder that the deadline for entries in the Vocal Competition is fast approaching!  The competition consists of two divisions: Artist, for ages 25-40, and Scholarship for ages 18-24.
The next application deadline for the January, 2016, competition is October 16, 2015.

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2017 Convention Santa Barbara, CA

Fostering Change: Performance and Pedagogy in Opera’s New Millennium

Register now to attend our annual convention January 4-8, 2017 in sunny Santa Barbara at the beautiful Fess Parker Hotel, just steps away from the beach.

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Convention Schedule

Have a look at the Convention Schedule to see all of the events planned for this convention!

About NOA

The National Opera Association promotes excellence in opera education and pedagogy through its support of a diverse community of opera educators and professionals.

Who is the diverse community? Opera directors, conductors, librettists, composers, vocal coaches, voice teachers, scholars, administrators, other professionals, and enthusiasts involved in the training and mentoring of young singers in college, university, and conservatory opera programs, as well as community-based and small professional opera companies and young artist programs.

Find out more about us and ways you can get involved!

Latest News from NOA

Opera Production Competition Scene from 2013-2014 production The Rape of Lucretia
Queens College-CUNY
May 8, 2016 |
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Competition deadline approaching soon!! Please note that June 30, 2016 is the deadline for submissions for the 2015-2016 competition cycle for NOA's Opera Production Competition.

Esther Hinds, "Lift Every Voice" Photo credit: Richard Poppino
Jan 11, 2016 |
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Legendary soprano Ester Hinds was honored at the Indianapolis convention's Gala Awards Banquet as the NOA's 2016 "Life Every Voice" Legacy Award winner.

Opera Scenes 2016 Pictured: Dvorak, Rusalka, Act I, sc. 1
DePauw University
Jan 10, 2016 |
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Congrats to the winners of the Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition at the Indianapolis convention!

Recent Opera Reviews

San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber Corey Weaver, Photographer San Francisco Opera
Sep 12, 2016 |
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In this series of articles I have been exploring American opera in its many forms. Last month was the upstate New York political drama of Roscoe. This month I saw the Chinese American production Dream of the Red Chamber which had its world premiere at the San Francisco Opera on September 10th 2016. [ continue... ]
Review: World Premiere of Roscoe presented at the Seagle Music Colony Bridget Cappel as Hattie in Roscoe. Photo Credit: James Carnahan
Aug 9, 2016 |
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Seagle is a venerable festival and training program for young singers tucked in the mountains and woods with the rustic feel of a visit to your friend's cottage. Artistic Director Darren K. Woods assembles a cast of 32 singers to perform four shows over a summer season that spans July and August. This season offered something for everyone, including the world premiere of a new American opera entitled Roscoe, by composer Evan Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire. [ continue... ]
Aug 9, 2016 |
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 Enthusiasm for Spoleto 2016 was perhaps best characterized by the reopening of Gaillard Auditorium, the largest of downtown Charleston, South Carolina’s theatre spaces.  After a three-year, two-hundred million dollar renovation, the theatre was one of the festival’s feature attractions. PORGY AND BESS,  the undoubtedly now classic opera set in Charleston was one of four operas presented at the festival, which played from May 28 – June 12.  This review will concentrate on two productions offered at this year’s festival: PORGY AND BESS and  THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL. These two works provided a stark contrast, though both defined the incredible diversity championed by Spoleto through its incredible forty seasons.  [ continue... ]